Albany hotel shuts down for second time due to legionella bacteria
ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York State Department of Health has received word that two persons who stayed at the Best Western Sovereign Hotel during May 2012 were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease.
The health department then contacted hotel management and arranged an environmental assessment of the hotel's water system to determine if it could be a potential source of exposure. Samples were collected on Tuesday and test results released on Thursday indicated the possible presence of Legionella bacteria in the water supply. Confirmation of these results is expected within the next week.
The Best Western is currently working to notify guests who might have been exposed to these bacteria.
For most individuals the risk of developing legionellosis is very low and the disease responds well to antibiotic treatment. However, certain individuals such as the elderly, people who are smokers, and those who have chronic lung disease or compromised immune systems may be more susceptible to this illness.
The primary way of acquiring legionellosis is from exposure to the bacteria when breathed in as a mist or vapor, as can be given off by showers or hot tubs. Legionellosis is not contagious and you cannot catch it from other people. Symptoms of illness usually begin 2 to 10 days after being exposed and may include high fever, chills, cough and fatigue.
The management of the Best Western Sovereign Hotel says they are taking appropriate actions to disinfect the water system to assure this situation is fully resolved in the future.
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